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Christmas in Vilnius 2018

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Find yourself in a Christmas wonderland – festive lights, impressive Christmas trees, concerts, theatre performances, and unique food experiences make Vilnius your best 2018 winter destination. Discover your fairy tale in the narrow cobbled streets of the UNESCO protected Old Town, the cosy Christmas markets, and the modern culture of the city.

GET READY FOR CHRISTMAS IN VILNIUS

What to see? Where to eat? It takes just a little bit of planning to enjoy your magical Christmas in Vilnius. Here are some local recommendations for a memorable trip with fun activities, must-taste foods, and, of course, best photos.

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SHOPPING FOR CHRISTMAS GIFTS

You can be the greatest Santa this year! Combining your Christmas shopping with sightseeing is a breeze. Check out the best spots to get contemporary souvenirs, trendy clothing, unique jewellry, natural cosmetics, and interesting food. From pop-up designer markets to Christmas fairs – here’s everything you need to know.

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EXPLORING CHRISTMAS MARKETS IN VILNIUS

Christmas markets smelling of candied nuts and filled with unique finds are a big thing in Vilnius. For the traditional Christmas entertainment, visit two main Christmas markets in city’s main squares. For modern and trendy Christmas filled with local designers and handmade gifts visit the smaller pop-up markets.

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CELEBRATING THE NEW YEAR IN VILNIUS

Maybe Vilnius is not the first city that pops into mind for New Year celebration, but it’s your chance to boast you found it before it was cool. Start the 2019 with experiencing something new  –   join the locals, taste unusual cuisine, meet new friends, watch the best fireworks, and party all night.

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EXPLORING VILNIUS IN CHRISTMAS

Discover hidden gems and hear breath-taking stories about Vilnius in an unusual guided tour. Learn some Lithuanian Christmas magic, check out 100 years of Lithuanian independence, or descent into the catacombs only to emerge onto the street for an artisan coffee tour. You’ll have exciting stories to tell over the Christmas dinner.

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FEELING THE CHRISTMAS SPIRIT

Starting December 1st it’s Christmas around every corner in Vilnius. Get ready for one of the most beautiful Christmas Trees, a ride on a Christmas train, traditional Christmas markets, and a city lit with fairy lights. See the full programme of events and activities during a Christmas season in Vilnius.

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GETTING A FESTIVE DINNER

Are you ready for a taste explosion? Treat your taste buds with unique foods in acclaimed restaurants or food markets. Learn more about the craft beer culture, get your energy from the best coffee in town, and bring home some treats. Here are some thoughts on what to look for in the Vilnius’ food scene.

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WATCHING CHRISTMAS FROM ABOVE

It’s easy to take a good look on a Christmas tree from above. Get above the everyday life, take a rare chance and get a memorable look at a snowy Vilnius from a hot air balloon, enjoy the perfect sunset over the city or get a cocktail at 165 meters high. Check out the highest spots to get to and enjoy a different perspective of the city.

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ENJOYING ART AND CULTURE IN VILNIUS

Christmas season in Vilnius is not only carols. Explore the contemporary cultural scene and join a local tradition of seeing a Nutcracker ballet, listening to the national orchestra performances, or visiting the newest modern art museum opened in October. See Vilnius filled with action in the Christmas season.

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A CHRISTMAS SEASON FOR FAMILIES

Come to Vilnius with children and show them the magic of Christmas. The streets and squares are filled with wonders and sightseeing can be easily done in a special Christmas train. See the best family friendly events and activities for a memorable trip and the best places for photos.

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 5 Lithuanian Christmas Eve Traditions You Should Try

In Lithuania, Christmas Eve is one of the most peaceful holidays of the year. It has always been a time when the whole family gathers at the dinner table. Tradition has it that all disagreements must be settled before Christmas Eve dinner so that the upcoming year may bring peace and joy. This little list will help you experience Christmas Eve in a very Lithuanian way.

Lithuanian Christmas Food

Christmas Day marks the end of the fast that precedes this major holiday. Hence, most traditional food consumed during December and on Christmas Eve dinner don’t include meat. You can find the most popular Christmas dishes at Vilnius’ restaurants and supermarkets from late November – here’s our pick of what to search for.

CHRISTMAS EVENTS IN VILNIUS IN 2018

As Vilnius’ concert halls fill with festive music and the town’s streets come alive with markets and fairs, find an event that sounds just right for you and step outside. With some luck, you may even get to experience the year’s first snowfall.

All Christmas Events in Vilnius

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CHRISTMAS IN VILNIUS – IMPORTANT INFORMATION

  • OPENING TIMES
    • On the eve of a national holiday, museums always close 1 hour earlier. On Christmas Eve and Christmas, they are closed. Only a few museums will be open on January 1 – information on their working hours will be published between November and December.
    • Restaurants often close early on Christmas Eve, Christmas and January 1. But you’ll have no trouble finding a place to eat on the main streets of town.

    Tourist Information Centres’ working hours:

    • December 24, Christmas Eve – two centres will be open: Pilies Street 9:00-17:00, Vilnius airport 10:00-18:00
    • December 25, Christmas – closed
    • December 26, Christmas – two centres will be open: Pilies Street 10:00-16:00, Vilnius airport 10:00-16:00
    • January 1, New Year’s Day – closed

    THE CHRISTMAS TRAIN

    1 December 2018 – 7 January 2019. The train “station” is located at a special stop opposite Cathedral Square.

    SHOPPING IN VILNIUS ON CHRISTMAS DAY

    • On Christmas Eve, most shops in Vilnius close early.
    • Big shopping centers are often open on Christmas, but they may have special working hours. All major Vilnius shopping centers – Akropolis, Ozas, Panorama, Europa – post their holiday season opening hours on their websites.

    PUBLIC TRANSPORT SERVICES IN VILNIUS OVER CHRISTMAS

    • On December 24, 25, 26 and January 1 public transport will run to Sunday / holiday timetables – a little less often than usual. You’ll find exact times of departure on stops.lt